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CD South of Nowhere arrived March 2001! 
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2001 - The big news of the year for Bill and Libby is the March release of their CD South of Nowhere from Copper Creek Records.  Their CD debuted at Dave Tilley's Bull City Cosmic Hoedown House Concert in Durham, NC.  MSN Triangle CitySearch chose the concert as the Top Pick of the Week and described B&L this way: 

"Combining their passion for traditional music with their love for each other, Bill and Libby Hicks might be the best husband/wife duo in the entire genre.  Bill's nimble fiddling perfectly complements his wife's guitar strums, and their voices meld to create haunting harmonies."
South of Nowhere's mixture of old time, blues, tunes, and original songs was sifted from Bill & Libby's repertoire performed up and down the coast.  To start the new millennium, the Folklore Society of Greater Washington (DC) hosted B&L for a house concert, after which they appeared at the Godfrey Daniels Coffee House (Bethlehem, PA), and on Tom Drukenmiller’s radio show in Bethlehem.   Around North Carolina, B&L regularly perform at the Hyphen in Fuqua-Varina, The Pittsboro General Store,  the Jolly Roger on the harbor at Ocracoke, and the Backstreet Pub in Beaufort.  They also regularly play for the contra dances held in Wilmington, and Morehead City.   Bill & Libby have been yearly features at the Ocrafolk Music and Storytelling Festival (Ocracoke), the Gloucester Mardi Gras, and the Morehead City Seafood Festival.  New for this year, you can catch them at the Beaufort Music Festival in April followed by a return to the Durham Festival for the Eno in July.  Their Spring 2001 tour roamed up to Pennsylvania and New Jersey for another turn at Godfrey's plus the Acoustic Cafe (Somerset, NJ), a fiddle/guitar clinic at the Meadowood Music Store (Kutztown, PA), and Showcase Station (Reading, PA).

Performing together since 1982, Bill and Libby have had plenty of time to merge minds and styles and have developed a simpatico duet style on fiddle, guitar and keyboard that often makes people check to see if it really is only two people playing.  In the past 10 years, along with performing and playing for dances, they have turned their attention to passing along the fun of old-time music. On several occasions they been on the staff of the Augusta Heritage Workshops on the campus of Davis and Elkins College in WVA, teaching musicians from all over the world about the distinguishing points of southern Appalachian fiddle and guitar styles and old-time string band singing. Last year they were the staff musicians at the National Storytelling Conference in Kingsport, Tennessee.

Bill and Libby have been mainstays of the NC traditional music scene since the 1970s.  Libby was the harmonizing half of a duet with Lightnin' Wells for seven years. They specialized in the old-time "brother duet" style of singing-- (with Libby playing guitar and singing Charlie, Earl, Ira, or Alton's parts usually, depending on which pair of brothers they were "borrowing from"-- or rather "paying tribute to" at the time). With a repertoire of hundreds of songs, they did paying jobs when they could find them-- at bars (perfect for the drinking and prison songs), victory parties for losing candidates, and the odd concert spot that family members coerced bosses and friends into hiring them for.  In addition, they not only accepted but sought out opportunities to entertain for free any group that would appreciate the old sentimental songs--which meant hundreds of performances at church picnics, senior citizen groups and nursing homes (the optimum audience--they knew the words to all the songs and couldn't leave the building.)  The only recordings that remain of that duet are somewhat bootleg and get swapped around sometimes at festivals.

Bill, at the same time, was finding fame if not fortune touring the United States and Europe in funky vans as a founding member of the Red Clay Ramblers.   He made a name for himself all over the map with his energetic fiddling, developed over years of seeking out and learning literally at the feet of the old masters such as Tommy Jarrell and Burl Hammons.  His mom was mighty proud when the band performed off-Broadway in 1975 in the smash-hit play Diamond Studs.  Bill also has made a place for himself in thousands of record (and now CD) collections with a long string of recordings with the Ramblers, featuring his fiddling as well as some original songs. In 1995, the Merle Watson Festival sponsored a reunion of his first band, the Fuzzy Mountain String Band, to celebrate the reissue on CD by Rounder Records of their early '70s recordings of fiddle tunes, still recognized as the "gold standard" of string band music. Those two records comprise part of the grounding repertoire of many old-time musicians all over the planet even today. (They can also be had as part of the Mel Bay instruction book series on the Fuzzy Mountain String Band edited by Dix Bruce.)  For more info on Bill's career, see the Original Red Clay Ramblers, a website devoted to the original band and its members.

Bill & Libby at the Pelican
© 1999 Ann Ehringhaus
The Fuzzy Mountain String Band
Summer Oaks and Porch  (Fuzzy 2)
The Red Clay Ramblers
Stolen Love (RCR)
Twisted Laurel (RCR)
Merchants Lunch (RCR)
Chuckin' the Frizz (RCR)
Hard Times (RCR)
Debbie McClatchy with the Red Clay Ramblers
Si Kahn: Doin' My Job (RCR)
Tom Bledsoe & Rich Kirby: Hits from Home
David Childers: Godzilla He Done Broke Out
Eric Bachmann: Barry Black
Augusta Heritage Concert Series
Jim Watson: Don't Tell Me, I Don't Know
Ocra-Folk: Ocracoke Music Sampler
Jonathan Byrd: Wildflowers
Jim Watson: Willlie's Redemtion
Bill and Libby's new CD South of Nowhere 
Bill's solo CD The Perfect Gig
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Mosaic birdbath by Libby Hicks (Glassifications)
Look for her work at John Silver Gallery, Manteo, NC, and Island Art Works, Ocracoke, NC
A solid stone wall for Frank Cole, Chapel Hill builder, that Bill laid up back in '97.  Check out Bill's masonry page
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